If you’re interested in direct sales, chances are good it’s because you really like the products and you think you can make money promoting them. I don’t know anyone who doesn’t go into business who doesn’t want to make money, so let’s not be shy about that.
I already have a good job working from home, so for me, the promise was more about having a passive stream of income that would happen “automatically,” once I got the business started. Presumably, people would like the products so much that once they became customers, they’d keep reordering.
I would suggest you thoroughly investigate a company before deciding whether to launch a direct sales business. You can also use some of these ideas to evaluate the company you’re with, to determine if it’s a good ongoing investment of your time, money, and reputation.
This is what I did before a year was up (and what I now know I should have done before I even joined).
I had my “ah ha” moment after nine months.
Someone asked me “Is it worth it.”
I hadn’t really stopped to consider that until that point. For the nine months that I was active as a distributor, I earned the average amount of all distributors, which is okay, but certainly was NOT worth the time I was putting in. I could have worked a part-time minimum-wage job and earned a heck of a lot more.
So no, it was not worth my time.
But the products were so good, so unique, right?
That is until one of the people I had brought into the business asked me how to sell against XYZ company that also had similar products.
I began doing market research. I found out that the company’s offerings were not actually “one-of-a-kind” products as I had been told after all. I asked my upline about this and all I got back was “XYZ company’s are bad for you” and “Ours are better.”
So, my bubble was burst. I stopped actively “working my business.” I remained available for any teammates and customers but quit promoting the products or the business. After my entire downline quit, so did I. I called distributor services a week or so ago to ask them to cancel my account because my web page was still out there but I was unable to access it or my “back office” because I had stopped paying the $20 a month.
There were a lot of things I should have considered more carefully before I even started with that company. You can read about them here (TBA).